Category Archives: Celebrations

Peek Inside…

Independence, choice, and strategic thinking are at the heart of our reading and writing workshops.  In my last post, I wrote about how meeting areas, materials, charts and bulletin boards can be strategically arranged to represent these values.

Over the last few weeks, I went on a treasure hunt around our school to gather snapshots of these values on display.

Please to view this slideshow of some of the incredible work of the teachers here at TAS!


That’s What It’s All About

It was a proud moment for me when I read this in my son’s spring portfolio. As a first grader who has enjoyed almost one year of writer’s workshop, he knows the satisfaction that comes from having an authentic audience and purpose for his writing.

October 19, 2009

Up and Down the Stairs

Celebrations: Karen J. finished a reading unit by having her students read to their book buddies in Kindergarten.  Buddies

Collaboration: Susan W. is hosting quick sessions in her room for the next 5 Wednesday afternoons to view and discuss writing conferences.  Viewing these videos and discussing them with your colleagues won’t take much time and can have an immediate impact on student learning.   These sessions will be most appropriate for K-2 teachers.  I have a 3-5 video as well.  3-5 teachers, if you are interested in hosting these quick sessions in your room, let me know!

Book Discussions

Each grade level has a professional book to guide their thinking around a topic of interest.  Apologies for the formatting issues, I can’t figure out what I am doing wrong.

These are the books teams are reading now:


Already ReadyKindergarten

One to One

Grade 1

Growing Readers

Grade 2

Significant Studies

Grade 3

still learning

Grade 4

fourth grade readers

Grade 5

Word Savvy